I’m Professor of Philosophical Aesthetics at the University of Leeds. Before my move to Leeds in 2005, I taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. And before that, I did my PhD at Rutgers University. I received my undergraduate degree from Brown University.
In June of 2019 I will move to the University of Georgia to take up the role of Head of the Department of Philosophy.
I work on a variety of issues in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. Much of my recent work is experimental in nature. I also do some work in Philosophical Psychology and, recently, on the Philosophy of Food.
I have supervised successful PhD theses on aesthetic disagreement, online philosophy education, creativity and skill in the arts, and the history of aesthetics. I’m currently working with research students on the topics of aesthetic and ethical value interaction in food, improv theatre, science and the imagination, and empathy.
I was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Ashford, Connecticut and Columbia, Maryland. (I also lived in Canberra and Storrs.)